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Liège New Wave Festival 2021

by François Zappa

In less than one month, the Liège New Wave Festival will, hopefully, take place in the French-speaking town of Hermalle-sous-Huy in Belgium. The impressive line-up includes EBM legends Parade Ground, powerful post-punk Italian act Hapax, electronic master True Zebra, the coldwave of Raskolnikov, and German duo SUIR. A line-up for every taste for only twenty five euros. We advise you of buying your ticket as soon as possible so we can be again in the Walloon region enjoying some good concerts. Following the new rules of the Belgian government, no masks and no social distancing will be required and there won’t be any kind of restrictions to come in the festival.

But let´s talk about the bands: Parade Ground have appeared repeatedly in our web since we interviewed them a few years ago. This year they are celebrating their 40 years as a band and has also reissued their albums The 15th (one of my last purchases) and they are a band that everybody who is interested in this kind of music should see live. They have a ton of great songs, and their concerts are full of intensity. Italian band Hapax was also interviewed by us, in this case it was last year before their concert in Madrid. They are great live as everyone could notice just listening to any of their new live albums, collected as Trilogy Live Streaming, the last one with guests such as Alex Svenson or Ash Code. Their last studio album, Monade is full of great songsvtoo. True Zebra‘s concert at W-Fest was considered by a few journalists the second best of the full festival (only after Killing Joke‘s incredible performance). And his last album Idiorhythmic had very good reviews, like ours. Coldwave three-piece Raskolnikov have recorded two studio albums and a live one full of sharp guitars and incredible atmospheres. Last but not least, SUIR mix together elements of darkwave, shoegaze and post-punk and as the previous band have two studio albums and a live one. For us, they have been the surprise of the festival as we did not know them and have really enjoyed their music.

Regarding the Provence, Liège is not too far from Brussels (in general there is nothing too far in Belgium) and it can be easily reached in an hour by car o train. It’s part of the Walloon region and there is always a nice spot to visit if you want to spend the full weekend there.

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